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Environmental Innovation Challenge

UW's Climate Tech Entrepreneurship Competition

In the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge, held each spring by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship at the UW Foster School of Business, interdisciplinary student teams define an environmental problem, develop a solution, design and build a prototype, create a business plan that proves their solution has market potential, and pitch to 250+ judges at a demo-day event.

CEI sponsors a Clean Energy Prize, rewarding student innovations that can reduce carbon emissions through solar energy production, electrical energy storage, conversion and distribution, and energy efficiency. This can include software and/or hardware. CEI also offers student teams prototyping funds and access to our Research Training Testbed to build and test their products.

ElectroSolar Oxygen took home the 2019 Clean Energy Prize! Read more about their portable, solar-powered oxygen concentrator for healthcare in remote areas.

2020 CEI Graduate Fellow Elizabeth Rasmussen led the MOtiF Materials team that took home the 2019 grand prize! Read more about Elizabeth and MOtiF Materials’ new reactor for making metal-organic frameworks, a class of advanced materials.